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In todays Impact Show we discuss how the hips can influence the squaring of the club face through the down swing. We have been asked the question “If I rotate my hips more through impact will it stop me slicing the golf ball” Watch the video to see what you think.

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Rob Brown says:

Sorry I couldn't watch this video. Couldn't you just go to the fancy dress first and do the video later?

Grant Popplewell says:

If I drop my front foot back a little, my hips are able to turn more through the swing,

Jim Jr44 says:

I've appreciated the advice for a few years now. However, I have always been 'impressed' with the costumes. Can you share with your viewers why you have so many? Cheers and thanks again. Jim

William Reichert says:

The single biggest reason people slice the ball is that on the back swing they move their mass to the right ( "shift your weight"). From there, the right leg becomes the the center

axis of the swing. and by swinging from there the arc ( path) of the downswing is moving left of the target line when the path reaches its lowest point in the swing. This causes the club to slice the ball, ( or pull it far left )depending on the face of the club.
The correction of this is to keep your balance between both feet on the backswing. This keeps the axis of the down swing centered. When the axis is centered ( you are in balance) the hips can turn back and forward easier and faster.
The drill presented in this video will let you feel what it is like to feel balance at impact.
To correct the excessive rightward movement of your mass on the back swing, initiate your backswing with a slight amount of left side bend. This promotes balance during the backswing.

Bill Miller says:

Hi I did the drill and my face is open when I return to the alignment stick. By what method do I get it square? Do I rotate hips more, or do I manipulate arms and hands ? THANKS

Ryan Brush says:

Looks like a breakdance fight could break out any second now

John T says:

My goodness throw these outfits in a garbage can and light a match.

Ryan C says:

you guys look like such fruit cakes with the matching outfits…you won't affect your "brand" if you wear different shirts cut the crap

Roger White says:

This matching clothing theme has jest got to stop……….

george cole says:

can you please tell why I am staying on my right side and what I need to fix this problem. Thanks George

Hedghog6666 says:

0:06 at half speed ahhahaa

Hedghog6666 says:

I came here from another video where I had the player on 1/2 speed. I've never heard 2 people sound more drunk 🙂

Alex Ma says:

Clarity! Thank you!

Sean M says:

WTF are you guys wearing? Very distracting…from an otherwise interesting video.

stephen f says:

I can't believe somebody got this right, in an era where "rotation," repeated incessantly like a mantra, is supposed to cure literally everything (according to so many teachers, TV analysts, etc.). I had a response all loaded up and ready to go, thinking I was going to see the same kind of nonsense, and instead these guys get it right.

Even if we're talking about rotation in general, not just the hips, the truth is that for almost any slicer, telling him to go at the rotation even harder and/or earlier is just going to make things radically worse. Usually the problem is already too much rotation too early, too out of sync with the swinging motion. It's not only that the face will be more open, although that was the question posed at the outset of the video, and it's true that it will be; it's also that more rotation for somebody already cutting the ball is almost certainly going to make him even steeper and more outside. That combination — steep, outside, open face, force dissipated down into the ground instead of into the back of the ball — is absolute death to good striking.

One way of looking at the role of the hips is that 1) they're part of the lower-body movement that creates motion and power from the ground up and middle out, so it's an actual swinging motion rather than a top-down bludgeoning or heaving motion (that is, they help obviate the need for the shoulders and upper body to overwork and destroy the swing motion); and 2) done right, they keep the multijointed swing from developing slack that distorts the path and face and leaks power.

Leadbetter, Haney, et al. are right, I think, in saying that the move at the outset of the downswing is (for a RH player) a little bump from right heel to left ball-of-foot, with the hips following the same line for that little bump, as the shoulders stay turned and the swinging elements start to swing down on plane, then the left hip opens up progressively from there. What does not happen in a good player's swing is a violent targetward twist of the hips as the first move down (or ever). These guys have that exactly right.

The stuff about Z. Johnson and D. Johnson is also spot on. Particularly with where DJ comes from at the top, he's got to make a really huge move with the lower body and keep the clubhead well behind the hands. You could look at it as a cycle, though, where a guy in his development loses track of which thing caused the other, and it stops mattering, actually. It could be that he had an instinct to go at the ball really hard with the body, but found that he was hitting it miles right, so he eventually adjusted by going strong and shut. Or, possibly he started strong and shut, and found that everything went miles left, and he had to straighten it out with the body movement. Mostly these things develop in tandem (or in larger combinations of factors) as the player develops.

As for the alignment-stick drill, it'll be good for anybody who's way off at impact. One caveat is that in fact, almost every good player who draws the ball and whose body lines at address are essentially parallel to the target line is going to contact the ball with the face fractionally _open_, if anything, and as the ball stays on the face for that fraction of a second, the approach from the inside and the very slight passing of the heel by the toe is going to impart draw spin. There are players who contact the ball dead square, hold off the toe passing the heel, but still draw it because of the inside approach, but this is a matter of fighting a natural release to some extent. The distinction is too nitpicky for somebody who's been way off and just needs to have some broad idea of what it feels like to get the face back to about square at impact, so it certainly doesn't negate the usefulness of the drill for almost all amateurs.

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